Cool Off at Magic Waters Waterpark this Summer!

We may not have warm weather for very long, but when it gets hot in Chicago, it gets HOT! Unbearably hot sometimes. So believe me when I say that one of the best ways to cool down in the Chicagoland area is hitting up a waterpark. My family loves Magic Waters Waterpark near Rockford, IL and we know you will too!

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Find your fun at Magic Waters Waterpark near Rockford, IL. Magic Waters features 10 attractions such as the Typhoon Terror, The Double Dare Drop Speed Slide or Tsunami Bay-Illinois’ largest wave pool.

magicwaters_01Experience the thrill of Splash Blaster Water Coaster Ride or just relax on the Splash Magic River.

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Don’t miss Tiki Island-a water paradise for kids. There’s fun for the entire family!

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So come on out to Magic Waters Waterpark this summer! What’s your favorite way to cool down in the summer?

Ringling Bros. Built to Amaze Show is Coming to Rockford, IL May 8-10, 2015! #RinglingInsider

I received something of value from Feld Entertainment as part of their Insider Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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The circus is coming to town! It’s been a couple of years since my son has been to the circus. We went when he was two and he still remembers his favorite parts – the elephants, the clowns, and the tigers! I’m so excited that the circus will be near ne again in just a few weeks.

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey ®Presents Built To Amaze! ® — Experience all the things you know and love and be amazed by things you’ve never seen before! Witness superhuman stunts so close you can FEEL it! Astonishing performers, awe-inspiring athletes and amazing animals from around the globe have been assembled in one place providing a riveting display of unimaginable proportions that is Engineered for Excitement and Custom Built for Family Fun!

My family can’t wait to see this show! If you’re in the Rockford area, the Built to Amaze show will be at the BMO Harris Bank Center at the following times:

Friday, May 8, 2015: 7:00 pm
Saturday, May 9, 2015: 1:00 pm, 5:00 pm
Sunday May 10, 2015: 1:00 pm, 5:00 pm

Get your tickets today!

BOGO at Discovery Center Museum in Rockford!

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We love this children’s museum in Rockford, IL!  They have everything you’d expect at a children’s museum – without the crowds of a big city museum.  In fact, we visited last winter to check out everything the museum has to offer, then made a return visit for the Treasure Exhibit.  We have so much fun and can’t wait to go back!

The amazing Discovery Center Museum is full of over 250 exciting hands-on exhibits spread over a two-floor area.  Out in the museum’s backyard, visitors can explore Rock River Discovery Park, a giant, multi-level science park with a hands-on twist!  The museum also hosts traveling exhibits, special events and programs throughout the year.

My readers can take advantage of this special offer to the museum: Buy One General Admission and Get One Free.  Not valid with other offers. Offer valid up to 3 free admissions.

To learn more about the Discovery Center Museum in Rockford, you can like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter.

Have fun!

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There’s Still Time to Visit the Treasure Exhibit at the Discovery Center Museum in Rockford!

The Treasure Exhibit is still in Rockford, but for a limited time only.  Why not take the family this weekend before they roll out of town?

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I would recommend the Treasure Exhibit for older kids, but that doesn’t mean your little one won’t have fun.  You start off with a “passport” and your object is to use the clues to find the exhibit with the stamps to stamp your passport.  If you find all the exhibits (I think there are 6) you get a piece of treasure from the treasure chest!

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Some of my toddler’s favorite parts of the exhibit were:

Sink a Pirate Ship – an interactive game where you aim to shoot a computerized pirate ship with a cannon.

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The Art Corner – Make a treasure chest, color a pirate ship, and glue on some shapes!

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ROV –  Operate a Remotely Controlled Vehicle.

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Puppet Show – Tell a funny story with a puppet show.

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Treasure Hunt – Look for treasure with a real metal detector!

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And in the end, collect your prize!

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Overall, we had a great time exploring and searching for treasure at the Treasure Exhibit!  Treasure! can be uncovered in the Woodward Exhibit Hall. Admission: $2 for Members; $4 for Public + general Museum admission of $8/person. Parking is free.

My readers can still get FREE admission to Discovery Center Museum with one paid general admission!  Stop by today!

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What is treasure?  How do people hunt for treasure?  What do YOU treasure?

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The science, technology, history, and thrill of treasure hunting are explored in the fantastic traveling exhibition Treasure! The Hunt Has Just Begun.  This joint project of Burpee Museum of Natural History and Discovery Center Museum in Rockford, IL features 5,000 square feet of artifacts, hands-on activities, videos, biographies, and tales from around the world.

The traveling exhibition opens May 25 and runs through September 2.

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Delve into the technology employed by treasure hunters and focus on the people and personalities lured by the promise of prosperity.  Be enticed by shipwreck and treasure site artifacts, and learn to use the tools you’d need to find a fortune.  Dig for treasure and pan for gold.  Operate a Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) in a tank of water.  Use a metal detector.  Use maps, compasses and clues to locate treasure.  Learn how to geocache.  You can even try your hand at cracking a safe!

Treasure! can be uncovered in the Woodward Exhibit Hall. Admission: $2 for Members; $4 for Public + general Museum admission of $8/person. Parking is free.

Make sure to check out Discovery Center Museum on Facebook!

My readers can get FREE admission to Discovery Center Museum with one paid general admission!

Chicagoland Spots: Discovery Center Museum

Venue: Discovery Center Museum

Website: http://www.discoverycentermuseum.org/

Location: 711 North Main Street, Rockford, IL  Approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes from Chicago – off of 1-90 in Rockford.

Hours: Open daily from 10:00am – 5:00pm

Admission: $8.00 per person, kids under the age of 2 are free

Parking: Free – plentiful

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My Experience:  Last week, I told you about my visit to the Rockford Art Museum, and how I was just itching to get back to take my son to the Discovery Center Museum, located in the same building.  I had no idea that Rockford had a Children’s Museum and, although this was a bit of a drive for me, I couldn’t be happier that we decided to go.  I knew that my son would likely enjoy spending some time there, but there would have been no way for me to guess just how much he would love it.  There are just so many reasons why I loved about this museum, but, in order to keep this post at a reasonable length, I’ll take you through my top 5.

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I can remember taking my daughter to the Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier when she was younger and literally have to wait around for an exhibit to open up so she could play.  I’m a working mom so most of my family outings are on the weekends – of course when most kid’s venues are jam packed.  We visited the Discovery Center Museum on a Saturday afternoon, and I was shocked to see that, while yes, there were a lot of people there, I wasn’t bumping elbows with anyone while following my kid around.  The place was uncongested enough that I felt comfortable letting my son roam around, while my husband and I simply followed him wherever he wanted to go.  A big plus for this place!

Plentiful Space

The Discovery Center Museum has exhibits that would interest children of all ages with subjects ranging from math & science, to agriculture and weather, this museum has age-appropriate lessons for all kids that encourage learning through play.

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You’d never know from the outside, but the Discovery Center Museum is a huge space spanning 2 levels.

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One of our favorite places in the Museum was the Tot Spot, a learn & play space specifically designed for kids under the age of 6.  Here we made pizzas, played in the water zone, learned how to work on a car, played with the train table, and so much more.  We spent a majority of our time here (as you can see from the photos below) – he still asks every day if we can go back to the “zee-um”.

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Outdoor Rock River Discovery Park

This part of the museum looks really cool, but we visited on a cold day in January so, of course, it wasn’t open.  The Rock River Discovery Park is a hands-on, outdoor science center where kids can learn about different subjects like dinosaurs, sound, and just run around and play!  We can’t wait to come back when the weather’s nicer!

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Hands-On Exhibits

Once again, this entire space is hands-on and the kids really love it.  There are so many things to do and explore here – we are so glad to took the trip and will definitely be back again soon.  We are seriously considering a membership because, at only $80 for the year, it would pay for itself in a little more than 3 visits for us – and I know we’ll be back more than 3 times in the next year.

I’ll leave you with a few more photos of our experience.  If ever you’re in the area, please stop by the Discovery Center Museum and let me know how you liked it! Smile

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Chicagoland Spots: BATMAN LIVE Coming to Rockford, IL

I am so excited about this one.  I think my 2-year-old will flip!  For those of you in the Chicagoland area with kids that love Batman, this one’s for you!

For the first time in DC Comics history, Batman – the world’s most popular DC Super Hero – is now an all-new, live-action arena spectacular which is taking the world by storm. BATMAN LIVE is a 15 million dollar stage production with an original story featuring a 43 strong cast of actors and circus trained acrobats, a 3D Gotham City landscape, a bespoke symphonic score, custom-built state-of-the-art stage, a 100 foot bat-shaped LED video wall, pyrotechnics and the impressive Batmobile, designed especially for the show by legendary racing car designer Professor Gordon Murray.

Faithfully adapted from the DC Comics characters and stories, BATMAN LIVE focuses on Robins quest for justice, which leads him to follow in the footsteps of his hero the mysterious vigilante known as Batman, much to the dismay of his protective guardian, billionaire Bruce Wayne, whom the audience knows is secretly Batman. This dynamic triangle resolves itself in a non-stop thrill-ride across Gotham City that transforms Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson into the legendary crime-fighters, Batman and Robin. The adventure transports the audience from the Big Top of Haly’s Circus to the depths of Arkham Asylum, and from the glittering peaks of the Penguins Iceberg Lounge to the subterranean wonders that await inside the Batcave.

For my Chicago readers: Batman Live is coming to Rockford from November 30th to December 2nd!  You can save $10 when you use the promo code: BATMAN when ordering your tickets HERE.

Have fun and enjoy the show!

Disclosure: I will be given complimentary tickets for the show in exchange for this post thanks to US Family Guide.
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